Sunday, August 27
Monday, August 28
Tuesday, August 29
While the more common application of subsurface fiber optics is related to in/near wellbore monitoring (i.e. stimulation, injection & production profiling), there is growing interest in applications that focus on monitoring of the reservoir away from the wellbore. This session will focus on these geophysical, seismic and areal monitoring applications and how the results are impacting decision making. This market segment of fiber optics is growing rapidly and has seen significant advancement in the past few years.
Thermal applications are known to be some of the harshest downhole environments in our industry with some geothermal applications exceeding 650°F. Over the past decade, fiber-optic sensors in the form of DTS, pressure, and DAS are being applied to wellbores, providing immense insight into how the EOR process is being operated and developed over the life of the asset. The session focuses on fiber-optic influence in these environments and how those results are impacting decision making for well and pad development.
This session will address both emergent and enabling technologies that advance the use of fiber-optic monitoring. Emergent fiber-optic technologies from other industries can lead to new oil & gas applications as well as improve the economics and lower the risks associated with fiber-optic deployment. Enabling technologies bring previously separate technologies together so that they share resources and interact with each other to create new efficiencies. This session will cover advances that have the greatest potential to impact the oil and gas business.
This session will present examples of stimulation monitoring using distributed sensing methods of temperature (DTS) and acoustics (DAS). These diagnostics are critical for evaluating completion effectiveness in wells with multiple treatment intervals to determine volume distribution along a wellbore. Inflow distributions are also presented to illustrate relative flow contributions from each interval, and within intervals, and the dynamic flow behavior with time. This session will also focus on decision making that can be associated with DTS and DAS stimulation results and how it can impact stimulation distribution effectiveness.
Wednesday, August 30
This session will address newly introduced optical sensing technologies and methodologies specifically designed for E&P as well as those emerging from other industries. They have the potential to lead to new oil & gas applications as well as improve the economics and lower the risks associated with fiber-optic deployment.
DTS technology has been in use in the oil and gas industry for over 20 years for in-well applications. Advances in other distributing sensing technologies (DAS, Strain, etc.) has led to increased adoption in the industry and has highlighted the challenges faced in getting in-well systems successfully deployed in a cost effective and non-intrusive manner. This session will look at existing or new/improved methods and processes for in-well fiber deployment.
The value of monitoring relies on timely conversion of data into information for the decision maker. As the use of fiber-optic sensing becomes more prevalent, the need for easily moving and manipulating data between different generating and analyzing systems is becoming a necessity. In this session, presenters share innovations in interoperability between various suppliers, use of standards, data management, data visualization, and data analytics.
Fiber optic sensing has been used in applications beyond oil and gas sensing including civil structure monitoring and medical applications. Multiple organizations exist that are examining the need for standards to further fiber optic sensing technology. This session will cover the various activities that are being conducted to provide standards, recommended practices, and measurement specifications to fiber optic sensing technology with a focus on the oil and gas industry. A panel session is also being planned to discuss existing documents and determine any gaps that exist to further the growth of fiber optic sensing.
Thursday, August 31
With increasing use of distributed sensing over the past decade, it is desired that currently available qualitative observations are transformed into quantified measures such as rates, distances, and phase distribution. This session will let colleagues share and discuss leading work in quantitative interpretation solutions for measurements in the pipe, well, and near wellbore.
Recent incidents involving pipelines have raised awareness of the need for better methods to prevent and mitigate potential problems related to the transportation of hydrocarbons. The adoption of distributed fiber optic sensing technologies to monitor wellbores, pipelines, flowlines and facilities could provide better solutions and improve public perceptions. This session will explore the case histories, lessons learned, and explore the solutions to asset integrity and flow assurance issues in the upstream and midstream markets. These issues include the impact of installation practice on performance, event detection issues and tradeoffs, and new features and capabilities.